Climate Resilience Intern

Internship Summary:

You will organize events that provide a forum for developed and developing countries to share knowledge and best practice on local, regional, and global solutions to deal with climate change, and serve as a focal point for engagement with country partners. In this role, you will also entail providing engagement and outreach support to a related initiative focused on locally-led adaptation. You will assist with executing an engagement strategy that has already been developed, which includes supporting virtual events; providing recommendations for speakers, agendas, and formats; developing and assisting with communications and promotion; managing invitations and RSVPs; creating target lists of invitees, and managing the logistics of registration.

This position is remote due to Covid-19 and could be remote for the duration based on candidate preference, but maybe based in Washington, DC when the office reopens.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • You will gain in-depth knowledge of climate adaptation policies and politics under the UNFCCC
  • You will gain experience in engagement and communications by supporting the CRP as the secretariat for the Adaptation Action Coalition
  • You will support virtual and in-person international events, including routine monthly and quarterly meetings, workshops, webinars, seminars, high-level meetings, and conferences
  • You will gain experience working in multi-stakeholder settings and communicating with senior stakeholders from government, business, finance, and civil society
  • You will buildability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines

Internship Qualifications:

  • Comfortable interning remotely and available during Washington, DC business hours
  • Background and interest in climate resilience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Experience in communications, engagement, and/or event planning is strongly preferred


The pay range for this internship opportunity is between $15-18/hour, commensurate with qualifications.

Duration and Location  

  • This is a full-time, 6 months internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student’s availability and need for the project.]
  • This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens.
  • WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview (for Internship):

WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice (CRP, located in the Equity Center) seeks to incentivize and support actions that enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change – in a manner that promotes sustainability and gender and social equity. We help countries integrate, or mainstream, adaptation into their development and sector planning (including budgeting) and implementation. We also help countries understand whether, when and where transformative approaches to adaptation may be needed to better manage the significant systemic adaptations that will be needed in some circumstances. In the US and across the world, communities of color are disproportionally affected by issues related to climate change and environmental degradation. Yet, action and support are not happening at the pace required and the environmental space addressing these issues remains dominated by white voices. WRI is creating access and opportunity to harness the power, creativity, and innovation of diversity by increasing representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the environmental space. We need a diverse set of voices to solve climate change and that begins with you. 

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

Internships at WRI are learning experiences designed for current students, recent graduates, and other candidates who wish to gain knowledge about a specific area of our work. We strive to attract diverse, intellectually driven candidates who have a passion for sustainability and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender, racial, and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.



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